Nepali cricketer Paras Khadka has announced retirement from international cricket.
The former national captain, via social media, announced that now was the right time to step away from Nepal’s national team, having played for them for the past 18 years.
“Why now? Because it’s about time. As a cricketer, I have given my heart, blood and soul and have always dreamt to achieve the best for my country,” he wrote on Facebook.
He thanked all his coaches, fans and his teammates for the support he received why he played for Nepal and added that he wished nothing but good for the game in the country.
“My ultimate dream is to see Nepal have a better cricketing system, for which I have spent all my energy in the past two decade,” he wrote. “I believe, with everyone’s honest effort and intentions, we will be able to reach greater heights.”
The national team will find it hard to fill the gap Khadka leaves behind as he was handy with both bat and ball.
Khadka made his way to the national team after playing age-group cricket representing Nepal in three U-19 World Cups between 2004 and 2008 and winning the Plate Championship in 2006. He took over as captain of the national team in 2009, taking Nepali cricket from Division 5 to an ODI status. One of his best achievements to date is taking Nepal to the 2014 T20 World Cup held in Bangladesh.
He had resigned from his post as captain on October 15, 2019 and was replaced by Gyanendra Malla.